Newcastle United have been handed a massive boost ahead of Sunday’s trip to White Hart Lane as captain Fabricio Coloccini has declared himself fit to start.

Alan Pardew will welcome his skipper back with open arms and will thrust Coloccini back into the starting line-up. However, he faces the conundrum of who to drop after Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa stifled Chelsea’s attack last weekend.

Coloccini has missed almost a month of action due to a hamstring injury picked up on international duty and Newcastle have been thin on the ground in the defensive department during his time on the sidelines.

They suffered a devastating defeat in the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season and the Argentinian international was sorely missed. With Yanga-Mbiwa missing through suspension, promising left-back Paul Dummett was thrown into battle and the Black Cats exploited his inexperience.

Since then Newcastle have managed to restore faith amongst the Geordie faithful after taking an affluent Manchester City side to extra-time in the Capital One Cup and recording an astounding 2-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s trophy-hungry Chelsea side.

In Coloccini’s absence many may have thought Yohan Cabaye would captain the Magpies, instead Cheick Tiote was handed the armband and has thrived under the responsibility, putting in a number of disciplined and committed performances.

Tiote was forced off the pitch against Chelsea, but is fit to start at Tottenham after shaking off a knock to the groin. Vurnon Anita replaced him against Mourinho’s men and played a key role in Newcastle’s second goal with an exquisite piece of skill to set up Loic Remy for his sixth goal in black and white.

Steven Taylor is lacking fitness and will not make the trip to north London, he is expected to be fit to face Norwich at St James’ Park after the international break though there is no guarantee of his place in Pardew’s starting XI with Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa and Coloccini all vying for the same position.

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